Looking Back (Way Back)


As I’ve been working on recreating this journal written by my maternal grandfather (which will be a book by December), it’s inevitably led to some family tree research.

Over twenty years ago, I picked up on my mother’s love of genealogy and created a binder of information for her. Lots of pages, many, many branches of a tree that went all the way back to King Alfred the Great. (‘Mom, if we’re descended from royalty, why do I have to work?’ ‘Someone married for love, that’s why.’) Of course, the argument can be made that we’re all connected, and the more I do this research, the more I believe it.

My husband’s mother was born in Salzburg, and we have documents, official certificates of births and marriages and deaths. I have Zeinzingers back to the late 1700s, and Strauss, Altmann, Eder. Everything in German!


This has helped! So has my online friend Eva Merryman – her translations have been valuable in figuring out the who, the what, and the where.

So, how about you? Do you look back? Have you discovered something wonderful in your family history?

14 thoughts on “Looking Back (Way Back)

  1. Having seen that little clip on Fbk the other day, I’m now longing to do one of those DNA tests. Wouldn’t it be fun to find out exactly where we come from? Looking forward to your book! ❤ xxx


  2. I have found nothing exciting in my family history, but much different on my ex-husband’s side. My sons have Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy and Pres. Warren G. Harding on branches of the family tree.


  3. How exciting! Like Darling DiRocco, I’m waiting with baited breath for the publication of your book. In answer to your questions at the end, yes, yes and yes. Unbelievable as it sounds, I have connections to Jane Austen and Christopher Wren, among others. I’m attempting to weave the stories into my memoir but it may become a separate book.


  4. My great-grandfather came to the US from Ireland when he was 16, fought in the Civil War and was imprisoned in Andersonville. Then went on to marry, have 4 children and become the fire marshall and law enforcement in his town. Died at 35. We have a letter written by my great-grandmother to the government seeking his death benefit from the military. In it she states that she not only lost him, but also her two young daughters who died that same year. It truly brought them to life for me. Thanks for the great post.


  5. My family had done a lot of research and I have a book all the way back to the Mayflower. Might be fun to see before that.
    Can’t wait for your new book.


  6. Yes, love this. We are suppose to go back to Peter the Great and Casper!My great grandfather came over from Germany. Spelling of last name changed, have letters from 1800’s of illegitimate child, he had to pay a 100.00 and sign off to have nothing to do with the child!! Can’t wait to read your books!


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